Kerala & Ahmedabad are among the world’s extraordinary destinations

Kerala and Ahmedabad have been named among “50 extraordinary destinations to explore” this year by TIME Magazine.

Lavishing praise on Kerala as one of India’s most beautiful states with spectacular beaches, lush backwaters, temples, and palaces, the magazine noted, “This year, Kerala is boosting motor-home tourism in India to inspire a new pas de deux of exploration and accommodation. The state’s first caravan park, Karavan Meadows, opened in Vagamon, a scenic hill station.”

While noting the success of the state’s houseboat cruising, TIME said caravans are expected to follow suit with a similar promise of sustainable tourism as a large number of campers are expected to traverse the land, giving a fresh and unique way to experience Kerala’s beaches and verdant plantations. Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country” for good reason, it added.

TIME Magazine said that “as India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad “boasts both ancient landmarks and contemporary innovations that make it a mecca for cultural tourism, from the serene Gandhi Ashram that sits on 36 acres on the banks of the Sabarmati River to Navratri, a vibrant nine-day celebration billed as the longest dance festival in the world.”

The list also includes Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Park City, Utah; Seoul; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; The Arctic; Valencia, Spain; Trans Bhutan Trail, Bhutan; International Space Station; Bogota; Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia; Istanbul and Kigali, Rwanda.

The list is compiled through nominations from its international network of correspondents and contributors, “with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.”

TIME Magazine noted that with much of the global population now vaccinated against COVID-19, “world travellers are again hitting the road—and the skies. The hospitality industry is reopening and excited to safely welcome them and revitalize local communities.”

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